For the first time we were staying at Spirit Ridge Lodge at Nk'mip; it won't be the last.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time there, and I would be surprised if we aren't back in 2017 for another couple of nights. We also enjoyed a first class tasting, not only sampling the regular stuff at the bar, but also taking part in a semi-private tasting in the private room where we got to sample some special stuff.
Nk'Mip Cellars 2015 Pinot Blanc ($16.99)
Aromas of peach and citrus give way to strong flavors of apples, both red and green. 88.
Nk'Mip Cellars 2015 Dreamcatcher ($17.79)
Interesting blend of Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Ehrenfelser and Chardonnay. Apricot and lychee on the nose. Pleasing flavors of meyer lemon and melon. 88.
Nk'Mip Cellars 2013 Chardonnay ($17.49)
Toasty oak, hazelnut and butterscotch dominate the palate. Balanced minerality on the palate, with crisp, fruity green apple notes. A real bargain at this price. 88.
Nk'Mip Cellars 2015 Rosé ($17.49)
A blend of Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah.
Intense notes of strawberry and rhubarb, with some raspberry hiding in the background. Cherry and strong flavors of pink grapefruit dominate the very dry palate. 86.
Nk'mip Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir ($23.49)
Beautiful, fruity aromas of red cherry and red licorice. Complex flavors of cherry, red and black currant and hints of earth. As 'entry level' Pinot Noirs go, it's tough to get much better than this. 91.
Nk'Mip Cellars 2013 Merlot ($21.99)
Vanilla, cassis and tobacco leaf on the nose. Light flavors of chocolate and raspberry, with a touch of spice on the finish. 86.
Nk'Mip Cellars 2014 Talon ($24.99)
51% Syrah, 18% Cab Sauv, 15% Malbec, 13% Cab Franc, 3% Merlot
All kinds of black fruit come through on the nose, with some cedar notes joining in. Black cherry and black plum on the palate, with a long finish. 88.
Nk'Mip Cellars 2014 Q'wam Q'wmt Syrah ($30.49)
Beautiful black pepper and black cherry aromas. Rich and juicy mouthfeel, with cherry, clove and black pepper flavors. Delicious. 92.
Nk'Mip Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir ($?)
As they were sold out of one of the wines we were supposed to taste in the private tasting, they substituted this one from the library, with weak notes of cherry on the nose and palate. Probably has seen better days, given the age. 87.
Nk'Mip Cellars 2014 Q'wam Q'wmt Merlot ($25.99)
Aromas of blackberry, cherry and tobacco. Beautifully complex palate, with flavors of vanilla, chocolate and black cherry. Juicy and very very long finish. 91.
Nk'Mip Cellars Q'wam Q'wmt Cabernet Sauvignon ($30.41)
Slightly muted nose with some black fruit and coffee coming through. The palate is more intense with black cherry, coffee, toasty oak and mocha. Tannins are chewy and a long finish. One of our favorite of this varietal in BC and with time, could be really, really special. 91-94.
Nk'Mip Cellars 2013 Mer'r'iym ($50.99)
Beautiful Bordeaux-style blend with some black fruit, mint and vanilla on the nose. The palate is juicy notes of cherry and dark chocolate with tight tannins suggesting this needs some more time to really hit the peak that it's capable of. It's beautiful already. 90-93.
Nk'Mip Cellars 2015 Q'wam Q'wmt Icewine ($68.09)
I've been doing this wine blog for several years, and the 2012 version of this wine is still the ONLY wine I have given a perfect 100-point score. This one is just about as good.
Intoxicating notes of honey, apple, cinnamon and apricot will overwhelm your olfactory senses. The palate features just the right amount of lemon, with hints of pineapple and baking spices. So special and so absolutely delicious. 99.
Next up, the trip report continues with another great tasting at Painted Rock!